Saturday, May 22, 2010

I wasn't quite ready to have The Death Talk yet

I saw a dead body on the road on the way to the Cairo airport today. It was covered up - only partially, and very pathetically - with a few towels. The police were on the scene directing traffic around the site of the accident. As best we could tell, it was the result of a car hitting a pedestrian, though a pedestrian never should have been crossing that road. It's a four-lane (five in a pinch) major highway/freeway.

The thing is, for all they preach about road safety in the Middle East, I've never actually witnessed a fatality here, until today. I've seen car accidents. I've seen car accidents happen. Heck, Jeremy was IN a car accident once in Damascus. But to have the body right there on the road...well, I've never seen that.

Unfortunately, Miriam caught a glimpse. And she's old enough now to know the most awkward questions to ask. So right there in the taxi, we had a discussion about what happened ("he didn't stop, look, and listen") (simplistic, I know, but what would you have said?), what our body does when it dies, what the man's family will do, and whether they'll ever see him again.

That was the best part of the discussion, when we got a little bit into the resurrection of Jesus Christ and how we will all be resurrected, too. I was glad to be able to teach my daughter that the man on the road would one day live again and so would his family, and they can be together.

I confess I didn't expect to be giving that lesson to my 4.5-year-old in the back seat of a taxi on the way to the airport in Cairo, Egypt, but there it is.


Merkley Jiating said...

That is terrible. It doesn't sound like she seemed too traumatized though. I wonder if he was really trying to cross the street and if so, why?

Steven said...

Good thing there is no picture with this post. I don't think I've ever seen a dead body.

Liz Johnson said...

Wow, that sucks. I bet this will come up again and again, too. I made the mistake of peeking at Haiti earthquake footage with Connor right there, and he STILL brings up "that girl whose house fell down."

Suzanne Bubnash said...

I think you made the very best of a tragic situation. The principles that Meme learned from this will always stay with her and of course, she'll hear them again and again, but how neat to think she'll grow up confident in Heavenly Father's plan.

Susanne said...

I'm sorry you and Miriam had to see something so sad in Egypt. :(

Nancy said...

So sorry. We've seen our share of such scenes as well. It is far, far from pleasant.

Crys said...

I'm with Steven! Wow Bridget your girls are going to be the most interesting in a room. That was quick momma thinking. I'm impressed.


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